ATHLEISURE / DUALITY

It doesn’t matter how flat you make a pancake, there are still two sides. Those are the wise words of a modern day philosopher, Dr. Phil. Or was it Oprah? It also could have been Rachel Ray. It was definitely someone from Oprah’s posse and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve been thinking a lot about opposites lately, and specifically how opposites attract one another. How many chatty Cathy’s and silent Stan’s do you know that are celebrating many happy years together? Or what about those quick tempered friends whose besties are so laid back they are practically horizontal? Yes, it is nice to be among like minded people but without someone, or something, challenging the status quo or disrupting the norm we remain stagnant. The same can be said about fashion.

The idea of opposing looks is nothing new in the fashion world. Grunge Glam was huge in the 90’s once designers got their knobby little fingers on the likes of Courtney Love and Shirley Manson. Boho is another example of pairing bohemian “hippie” styles with more glamorous upscale looks. Because hippies cared most about high fashion and the elite right? Most recently, since the advent of street style and fashion blogs, this theme of opposites has been represented through Hi-Lo fashion, pairing high end fashion brands like Gucci with low end fashion brands like H&M. Jenna Lyons (praise be unto her) is infamous for taking a basic grey tee and matching it with a jewel encrusted metallic feather covered full length skirt.

With fashion being the ever evolving beast that it is, there is a new divergent trend that has been making its way into the mainstream for the past couple of years, Athleisure. This is the drift towards wearing workout wear for activities other than working out, such as to work or school. Or as we like to call it, the slow decline of civilized society. Joking! (But Kayla is not).

Image of Kayla Browne wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

This trend is an interesting one because it seems as if it was dictated by the general public, us commoners, and designers just followed suit. People want to be comfortable and started to say fuck it, I’m wearing my sneakers to da club so fashion labels decided to capitalize.  We don’t know of any trend that embraces such opposite natures as this one, athletic wear and laid back glamour, this is truly what it means when opposites attract.

Image of Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Don’t let the term Athleisure fool you, this doesn’t mean you can roll into work wearing yoga pants and a hoodie. The idea is to incorporate components of athletic wear into your daily wardrobe, not to wear your gym outfit from morning until night. Think about technical fabrics, mesh overlays, or a hoodie and try to pair it was something a bit fancier (’cause you fancy as fuck) like a dress or a great pair of heels.  And for beginners try something a little more subtle like a pair of sneakers with dress pants and see how you feel, we like to call this the mullet outfit (you heard it here three years ago, can you say trendsetters?). Trust us, once you get the hang of it you will realize why opposites attract, because it creates goddamn magic!

Image of Kayla Browne and Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne and Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Image of Kayla Browne and Suzanne Stewart wearing Athleisure for Duality, read more about it at the neat blog

Kayla’s Links: Otherwild Future is Female shirt from Fieldstudy, United Nude step mobius chelsea boot, Simons Icone galaxy faux leather skirt, H&M fishnet tights, RETROSUPERFUTURE flat top opaco black sunglasses, American Apparel vest hoodie, American Apparel mesh jersey

Suzanne’s Links: Do & Be dress (similar here and here), Missguided coat (similar here), Joe Fresh T-shirt (similar here), American Apparel tights similar here, Reebok sneakers (similar here)

We will be wearing our finest Athleisure garb to DUALITY, click here to sign up for more details.

Photos by Kayla Browne and Suzanne Stewart from NEAT

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